Virginia State University, founded in 1882, is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. With a current student population of 5,300, the University sits atop a rolling landscape overlooking the Appomattox River with expansive views of Petersburg. VSU offers 55 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, two doctoral degree programs and three certificates within five schools. They also offer a bachelor of individualized studies degree program, which is a non-traditional program designed primarily for working adults. As a cornerstone of their community, they pride themselves on their commitment to empowering people of all ages, abilities and ambitions. They are committed to building a better world through challenging academic programs, diverse student organizations and exciting extracurricular activities.
Volunteer State Community College provides quality educational offerings and services in a safe, secure, and clean environment that inspires lifelong learning in pursuit of personal and professional goals. The College provides and promotes innovative learning systems to respond to the ever-changing needs and interests of a diverse and dynamic community and developing workforce. Volunteer State maintains articulation, collaboration, and partnerships with educational entities, business and industry, and other agencies to enhance student learning. The College supports equal opportunities, rights, access, and treatment of students, faculty, and staff. Through a mutual, cohesive working environment, Volunteer State fosters the enhancement of teaching and learning through the professional development of its faculty and staff and other educators to achieve institutional and academic excellence.